Earth Dragon wrote:Hi everyone. I have a very advanced buddhist teacher, who does not like people or talking to people ( including myself). Therefore he told me to conduct my own research and once i have the basic understanding, i should further consult him.
I want to understand Vajrakilaya and everything involved. I ve reas lots online but when i spoke to my teacher then within a minute he told me lots of new things- for example Vajrakilaya has snakes in his hair and the meaning of this symbol.
I can t speak sanskrit or tibetan so i m limited to english only.
I humbly ask friends - in - dharma to share knowledge and resources about Vajrakilaya.
From experience, one of the best places to practice within a group retreat situation with qualified teachers would be The Vajrakilaya Drup Chod held at what is sometimes referred to affectionately as the "Vajrakilaya Gompa"... this is the information below, and one would want to pay attention to what's highlighted:
Vajrakilaya Drup Chöd
"Vajrakilaya is the primary meditational deity of the Nyingmapa tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism, and the practice undertaken and accomplished by the majority of its great realized masters. A compassionate expression of the Buddha nature, Vajrakilaya is the wrathful manifestation of Vajrasattva, arising to purify the source of all suffering, which is ignorance. Particularly known for its reversal of obstacles, this powerful ritual is performed to transform negativity, sickness, and obscurations, bringing about well being and ultimate enlightenment. Both the higher and lower activities are engaged in, first concentrating on recognizing the Mandala of Vajrakilaya by way of mantra recitation and visualization. The lower activity then invokes the deity’s liberating energy in a very wrathful aspect in order to bring about the transformation of negativity for ourselves and the community at large. This retreat and practice requires an empowerment and/or permission from the Lama and takes place in the fall, generally in October – November."
If you write them an email, perhaps mentioning who your Lama is, where you got the empowerment (if you have the empowerment by then) or if you wouldn't have had the empowerment before the time of the Drup Chod, ask if the Vajra master will be giving the empowerment, and in addition, what you could be doing to meet the practice prerequisites to attend, as the Vajra master may be different each year.
From this web site:http://www.tashicholing.org/programs.html
This Pudri Rek Phung / Vajrakilaya retreat:
"As well, during the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar, Tashi Chöling offers the Pudri Rek Phung / Vajrakilaya retreat. The Festival Day known as Lha Bab Duchen celebrates the time when Buddha Shakyamuni taught in Indra’s heaven for the benefit of his mother who had taken rebirth there, along with the gods. This took place during a three-month period, and displayed the Buddha’s gratitude toward his mother’s kindness, and his repayment for this was to liberate her.
In conjunction with this, the Guru Rinpoche Day that falls several days before Lha Bab Duchen commemorates another amazing occurrence. In Nepal, Guru Padmasambhava was called Vajra Guru, Garland of Skulls [Dorje Totreng], when he took the form of Vajrakilaya at Yang Lesho and subdued the local deities and negative forces. At that time he performed the sadhana of Palchen Yangdak and attained the Vidyadhara stage of Mahamudra realization. What better time for us to gather as one to practice Vajrakilaya! Other auspicious days fall in this period as well, such as Dakini Day."
If you can't get to a retreat, you could also listen to The Dzogchen master CHNN (Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche) when he is webcasting live. Rinpoche often gives the "lung" for Guru Tragphur, and he also gives teachings. This could potentially start you out.
When CHNN has a live "open" broadcast generally one of the practitioners from The Dzogchen Community will post it on this board in the really long thread in the Dzogchen section of this web site.
If you have any specific questions about what I wrote here, feel free to PM your question, however I might not get back to you until next week sometime.